Application Requirements and Policies

Application Requirements Checklist

  • Application Fee or Fee Waiver

  • Academic Records

  • Letters of Recommendation

  • Personal Statement

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  • Graduate Record Examination (if required)

  • Evidence of English Proficiency for Non-Native Speakers of English (if required)

Some degree programs require additional documents. Please refer to the instructions in the online application to ensure you submit all required documents.

Application Fee

The application fee of $85 is payable through the online application by credit card or e-check (drawn on a US bank). The application fee is not refundable, even if submitted after the application deadline. Your credit card or e-check statement is your receipt. No action can be taken on your application until this fee has been received. Separate applications, including fees, are required if you apply to more than one graduate program at Tufts University. Please note: a maximum of two applications are allowed to be submitted for one entering term, and must be degree programs in two separate departments.

Fee Waivers

The application fee is waived for: current Tufts undergraduate and graduate students; students in Tufts certificate programs applying to a degree program; AmeriCorps and Peace Corps volunteers and alumni; City Year and Teach For America Corp members and alumni; currently applying GEM fellows; current Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) fellows, current Leadership Alliance Members, and current McNair Scholars. Gordon Institute MSEM and MSIM applicants who attend an information session will be granted a fee waiver.

The School of Engineering offers an application fee waiver to those applying to a MS degree program in engineering if currently enrolled as a junior or senior at Lafayette College, Olin College, Smith College, Union College, or Wellesley College. Tufts alumni and alumni of these institutions are also eligible for a waiver if they are applying to a MS degree program within the School of Engineering.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers an application fee waiver for current seniors at NESCAC schools: Amherst College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Williams College.

If the application fee will present a financial hardship, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Academic Records

Applicants will be required to upload a copy of transcripts received from each college or university attended where credit was earned toward an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree. Transcripts for study abroad or transfer programs are not required if the course titles, grades, and credit hours are included on the transcript of the degree-granting institution. If the transcript is in a language other than English, please provide an official translation. If you are offered admission, you will be required to request that official hard copy transcripts from all of your degree granting institutions be sent directly to Tufts.

Letters of Recommendation

Most programs will require three letters of recommendation. Current Tufts students, Tufts certificate students applying for a degree program and applicants to the engineering management program are only required to submit two letters. One letter of recommendation is required for certificate programs. Letters of recommendation should be submitted through the online system. If that is not possible, you may have your recommenders submit their letters to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 2 The Green, Bendetson Hall, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155.

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to upload a personal statement describing your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study at Tufts in the program to which you are applying. Please limit your personal statement to a maximum of five pages (2,500 words). Refer to the Requirements and Deadlines document to determine if the program to which you are applying has specific prompts.

Résumé/Curriculum Vitae

Your current résumé or CV including dates of your educational history, employment, academic honors, scholarships, publications and other activities should be uploaded as part of your completed application.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

A number of our programs are currently waiving the GRE requirement. Please review the application instructions carefully.  If required, you can register online at, and the Tufts University code number is 3901. Student copies or photocopies of GRE scores are not accepted, so please remember to designate Tufts as one of your score recipients. To ensure timely score reporting, we suggest that you take the GRE at least one month prior to the application deadline for your program. GRE scores are only reviewed if required by the program to which you are applying. Please check the requirements and deadlines document carefully to see whether you are required to submit GRE scores.

Evidence of English Proficiency for Non-Native Speakers of English

Applicants who are not native speakers of English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test. You can register for the TOEFL online, and the Tufts University code is 3901. Please note: student copies or photocopies of TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores are not accepted.

If an applicant satisfies one or more of the following conditions, s/he is not required to provide a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score, unless stated otherwise by the department:

  • Citizenship of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean
  • A college or university degree earned in the United States or in one of the countries listed above prior to submission of this application
  • Current enrollment as a full-time student in a degree-granting program in the United States or at an English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above.  The student must have successfully completed two consecutive full-time academic years of college or university work prior to the date of anticipated enrollment at Tufts University.

Additional Requirements

Some degree programs require additional documents such as a writing sample, supplemental essay, or portfolio. Please be sure to refer to the instructions in the online application to ensure you are submitting all requirements for the program to which you are applying.

Writing Sample

If your program requires a writing sample, please upload the document in the appropriate section of the online application. Refer to the Requirements and Deadlines document to determine if the program to which you are applying has specific prompts.

Digital Portfolio

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences applicants should refer to their program requirements to review whether a digital portfolio is required to apply to their program.

School of Engineering degree applicants may upload a video presentation (2 minutes maximum) of your own design, product or research conducted, to demonstrate to the admissions committee your interest and skill sets. This video essay is optional but recommended. Non-native English speakers are encouraged to submit a digital portfolio to demonstrate English language skills. Those applying to on-campus programs through EngineeringCAS may do so once you create your Tufts application portal account after you submit your application through EngineeringCAS.

Late Applications

Since graduate admissions are both limited and competitive, it is to your advantage to apply early and to ensure that all required materials are received before the deadline. Late applications will be reviewed only when openings remain after all on-time applications have been considered. Financial aid for late applicants is very limited.

Accuracy of Material

It is important that all material submitted in support of your application be accurate. Any information that is determined to be erroneous or incomplete may cause a student's association with Tufts to be immediately terminated.

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